2017–18 Bundesliga

Bundesliga
Season 2017–18
Dates 18 August 2017 – 12 May 2018
Champions Bayern Munich
27th Bundesliga title
28th German title
Relegated Hamburger SV
1. FC Köln
Champions League Bayern Munich
Schalke 04
1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund
Europa League Bayer Leverkusen
RB Leipzig
Eintracht Frankfurt
Matches played 306
Goals scored 855 (2.79 per match)
Top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski (29 goals)
Biggest home win Bayern Munich 6–0 Hamburger SV
1899 Hoffenheim 6–0 1. FC Köln
Bayern Munich 6–0 Borussia Dortmund
[1]
Biggest away win Borussia Mönchengladbach 1–5 Bayer Leverkusen
SC Freiburg 0–4 Bayern Munich
Hertha BSC 2–6 RB Leipzig
[1]
Highest scoring Borussia Dortmund 4–4 Schalke 04
Hannover 96 4–4 Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha BSC 2–6 RB Leipzig
[1]
Longest winning run 10 games[1]
Bayern Munich
Longest unbeaten run 13 games[1]
Bayern Munich
Longest winless run 16 games[1]
1. FC Köln
Longest losing run 5 games[1]
1. FC Köln
Hannover 96
SC Freiburg
Highest attendance 81,360[1]
Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich
Borussia Dortmund v SC Freiburg
Borussia Dortmund v Hamburger SV
Lowest attendance 22,827[1]
VfL Wolfsburg v RB Leipzig
Attendance 13,663,294 (44,651 per match)

The 2017–18 Bundesliga was the 55th season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football competition. It began on 18 August 2017 and concluded on 12 May 2018.[2] The fixtures were announced on 29 June 2017.[3][4]

Bayern Munich were the defending champions and won their 27th Bundesliga title on 7 April with five games to spare, winning a sixth consecutive title for the first time in their history.[5][6]

1. FC Köln and Hamburger SV were relegated at the end of the season, with the latter therefore losing their status as the only ever-presents in Bundesliga history.

Summary[]

One of the managerial changes before the start of the season was at Borussia Dortmund, who had finished third the previous season. After sacking Thomas Tuchel, they hired the Dutchman Peter Bosz in June 2017, after he had led Ajax to the 2017 UEFA Europa League Final.[7] Dortmund were also the German club involved in the biggest transfer of the summer, selling young French forward Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona for an initial €105 million.[8] Meanwhile, reigning champions Bayern Munich prepared for the season by breaking the league's transfer record in their purchase of French midfielder Corentin Tolisso from Lyon for €41.5 million.[9]

On 28 September 2017, Bayern sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti amidst reports of player unrest, despite the club sitting in third place.[10] He was replaced by Jupp Heynckes in his fourth spell at the club.[11] On 28 October, a 2–0 win over RB Leipzig put Bayern on top of the table for the first time in the season.[12] In December, Dortmund sacked Bosz with the team in seventh, and replaced him with the Austrian Peter Stöger who himself had recently been dismissed by winless bottom team 1. FC Köln.[13]

In the January 2018 transfer window, Dortmund lost the season's second-top scorer, Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who moved to Arsenal for a €63 million fee.[14] They replaced him by bringing in Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi on loan.[15] From December to February, Bayern went on a 10-match winning streak that ended with a goalless draw with Hertha BSC at the Allianz Arena,[16] and managed 13 unbeaten until a 1–2 loss at Leipzig on 18 March.[17]

Dortmund remained unbeaten for 12 games between December and 31 March, when they lost 0–6 away to Bayern.[18] Schalke 04, who finished only 10th the previous season, were in the top 3 for most of the season. They were unbeaten for 11 games between September and January, putting together six consecutive victories in February and March before a 2–3 loss at bottom team Hamburg.[19]

Bayern won their 27th Bundesliga and 28th German title (6th consecutive) on 7 April 2018, with five games left to play after defeating fellow Bavarian club FC Augsburg 4–1.[6] Three weeks later, Köln were the first team relegated after a 2–3 loss to SC Freiburg.[20] On 5 May, Schalke secured second place and a return to the Champions League for the first time in four years, with a 2–1 win at Augsburg.[21] On the last matchday, 1899 Hoffenheim beat Dortmund 3–1 to finish ahead of the latter on goal difference at an all-time high third place and securing a spot in the Champions League group stage for the first time in their history.[22] Following VfL Wolfsburg's 4–1 win over Köln, Hamburg were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.[23]

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski was the league's top scorer for the third time, a record for a foreign player. He scored 29 goals, 14 more than second-placed Nils Petersen of Freiburg.[24]

Teams[]

A total of 18 teams are participating in this ion of the Bundesliga.

Team changes[]

Promoted from
2016–17 2. Bundesliga
Relegated from
2016–17 Bundesliga
VfB Stuttgart
Hannover 96
FC Ingolstadt
Darmstadt 98

Stadiums and locations[]

Team Location Stadium Capacity Ref.
FC Augsburg Augsburg WWK Arena 30,660 [25]
Hertha BSC Berlin Olympiastadion 74,475 [26]
Werder Bremen Bremen Weser-Stadion 42,100 [27]
Borussia Dortmund Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 81,360 [28]
Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt Commerzbank-Arena 51,500 [29]
SC Freiburg Freiburg im Breisgau Schwarzwald-Stadion 24,000 [30]
Hamburger SV Hamburg Volksparkstadion 57,000 [31]
Hannover 96 Hanover HDI-Arena 49,000 [32]
1899 Hoffenheim Sinsheim Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 30,150 [33]
1. FC Köln Cologne RheinEnergieStadion 49,698 [34]
RB Leipzig Leipzig Red Bull Arena 42,558 [35]
Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen BayArena 30,000 [36]
Mainz 05 Mainz Opel Arena 34,000 [37]
Borussia Mönchengladbach Mönchengladbach Borussia-Park 54,014 [38]
Bayern Munich Munich Allianz Arena 75,000 [39]
Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen Veltins-Arena 62,271 [40]
VfB Stuttgart Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Arena 60,449 [41]
VfL Wolfsburg Wolfsburg Volkswagen Arena 30,000 [42]

Personnel and kits[]

Team Manager[43] Captain Kit manufacturer[44] Shirt sponsor[44]
FC Augsburg Germany Manuel Baum Germany Daniel Baier Nike WWK, baramundi software1
Hertha BSC Hungary Pál Dárdai Bosnia and Herzegovina Vedad Ibišević Nike bet-at-home.com, TEDi1
Werder Bremen Germany Florian Kohfeldt Austria Zlatko Junuzović Nike Wiesenhof, H-Hotels1
Borussia Dortmund Austria Peter Stöger Germany Marcel Schmelzer Puma Evonik, Opel1
Eintracht Frankfurt Croatia Niko Kovač Germany Alexander Meier Nike Indeed.com, Deutsche Börse Group1
SC Freiburg Germany Christian Streich Germany Julian Schuster Hummel Schwarzwaldmilch (H & A), LAC Lactosefrei (3)
Hamburger SV Germany Christian Titz Japan Gōtoku Sakai Adidas Emirates, Popp Feinkost1
Hannover 96 Germany André Breitenreiter Germany Edgar Prib Jako Heinz von Heiden, HDI1
1899 Hoffenheim Germany Julian Nagelsmann Poland Eugen Polanski Lotto SAP, Prowin1
1. FC Köln Germany Stefan Ruthenbeck Germany Matthias Lehmann Erima REWE, DEVK1
RB Leipzig Austria Ralph Hasenhüttl Germany Dominik Kaiser Nike Red Bull, CG Immobilien1
Bayer Leverkusen Germany Heiko Herrlich Germany Lars Bender Jako Barmenia Versicherungen, Westminster-Gruppe1
Mainz 05 Germany Sandro Schwarz Germany Stefan Bell Lotto Kömmerling, MFD Aviation1
Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany Dieter Hecking Germany Lars Stindl Kappa Postbank, H-Hotels1
Bayern Munich Germany Jupp Heynckes Germany Manuel Neuer Adidas Deutsche Telekom, Hamad Airport1
Schalke 04 Germany Domenico Tedesco Germany Ralf Fährmann Adidas Gazprom, AllyouneedFresh1
VfB Stuttgart Turkey Tayfun Korkut Germany Christian Gentner Puma Mercedes-Benz Bank, GAZİ1
VfL Wolfsburg Germany Bruno Labbadia Spain Ignacio Camacho Nike Volkswagen, UPS1
1. ^ On the sleeves.

Managerial changes[]

Team Outgoing Manner Exit date Position in table Incoming Incoming date Ref.
Announced on Departed on Announced on Arrived on
Mainz 05 Switzerland Martin Schmidt Sacked 22 May 2017 30 June 2017 Pre-season Germany Sandro Schwarz 31 May 2017 1 July 2017 [45]
Borussia Dortmund Germany Thomas Tuchel 30 May 2017 Netherlands Peter Bosz 6 June 2017 [46][47]
Bayer Leverkusen Turkey Tayfun Korkut End of contract 13 May 2017 Germany Heiko Herrlich 9 June 2017 [48][49]
Schalke 04 Germany Markus Weinzierl Sacked 9 June 2017 Germany Domenico Tedesco [50]
VfL Wolfsburg Netherlands Andries Jonker 18 September 2017 14th Switzerland Martin Schmidt 18 September 2017 [51]
Bayern Munich Italy Carlo Ancelotti 28 September 2017 3rd France Willy Sagnol (interim) 28 September 2017 [52]
France Willy Sagnol (interim) End of caretaker spell 6 October 2017 2nd Germany Jupp Heynckes 6 October 2017 [53]
Werder Bremen Germany Alexander Nouri Sacked 30 October 2017 17th Germany Florian Kohfeldt 30 October 2017 [54][55]
1. FC Köln Austria Peter Stöger 3 December 2017 18th Germany Stefan Ruthenbeck 3 December 2017 [56]
Borussia Dortmund Netherlands Peter Bosz 10 December 2017 7th Austria Peter Stöger 10 December 2017 [57]
Hamburger SV Germany Markus Gisdol 21 January 2018 17th Germany Bernd Hollerbach 22 January 2018 [58][59]
VfB Stuttgart Germany Hannes Wolf 28 January 2018 15th Turkey Tayfun Korkut 29 January 2018 [60][61]
VfL Wolfsburg Switzerland Martin Schmidt Resigned 19 February 2018 14th Germany Bruno Labbadia 20 February 2018 [62][63]
Hamburger SV Germany Bernd Hollerbach Sacked 12 March 2018 17th Germany Christian Titz 12 March 2018 [64]

League table[]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Bayern Munich (C) 34 27 3 4 92 28 +64 84 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Schalke 04 34 18 9 7 53 37 +16 63
3 1899 Hoffenheim 34 15 10 9 66 48 +18 55
4 Borussia Dortmund 34 15 10 9 64 47 +17 55
5 Bayer Leverkusen 34 15 10 9 58 44 +14 55 Qualification to Europa League group stage
6 RB Leipzig 34 15 8 11 57 53 +4 53 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
7 VfB Stuttgart 34 15 6 13 36 36 0 51
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 14 7 13 45 45 0 49 Qualification to Europa League group stage[a]
9 Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 13 8 13 47 52 −5 47
10 Hertha BSC 34 10 13 11 43 46 −3 43
11 Werder Bremen 34 10 12 12 37 40 −3 42
12 FC Augsburg 34 10 11 13 43 46 −3 41
13 Hannover 96 34 10 9 15 44 54 −10 39
14 Mainz 05 34 9 9 16 38 52 −14 36
15 SC Freiburg 34 8 12 14 32 56 −24 36
16 VfL Wolfsburg (O) 34 6 15 13 36 48 −12 33 Qualification to relegation play-offs
17 Hamburger SV (R) 34 8 7 19 29 53 −24 31 Relegation to 2. Bundesliga
18 1. FC Köln (R) 34 5 7 22 35 70 −35 22
Source: DFB
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Head-to-head points; 5) Head-to-head goal difference; 6) Head-to-head away goals scored; 7) Away goals scored; 8) Play-off.[65]
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Eintracht Frankfurt qualified for the Europa League group stage as 2017–18 DFB-Pokal winners.

Results[]

Home \ Away AUG BSC BRE DOR FRA FRE HAM HAN HOF KÖL LEI LEV MAI MÖN MUN SCH STU WOL
FC Augsburg 1–1 1–3 1–2 3–0 3–3 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–4 1–2 0–1 2–1
Hertha BSC 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 2–6 2–1 0–2 2–4 2–2 0–2 2–0 0–0
Werder Bremen 0–3 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–0 3–1
Borussia Dortmund 1–1 2–0 1–2 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 5–0 2–3 4–0 1–2 6–1 1–3 4–4 3–0 0–0
Eintracht Frankfurt 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 0–1
SC Freiburg 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 3–2 3–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–2 0–2
Hamburger SV 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–2 0–2 1–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 3–1 0–0
Hannover 96 1–3 3–1 2–1 4–2 1–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 2–3 4–4 3–2 0–1 0–3 1–0 1–1 0–1
1899 Hoffenheim 2–2 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 6–0 4–0 1–4 4–2 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–0 3–0
1. FC Köln 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–3 0–1 3–4 1–3 1–1 0–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–3 2–2 2–3 1–0
RB Leipzig 2–0 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 4–1 1–1 2–1 2–5 1–2 1–4 2–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 4–1
Bayer Leverkusen 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 4–1 4–0 3–0 3–2 2–2 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–1 2–2
Mainz 05 1–3 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 2–3 1–0 3–0 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 3–2 1–1
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 0–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 3–3 1–0 0–1 1–5 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–0
Bayern Munich 3–0 0–0 4–2 6–0 4–1 5–0 6–0 3–1 5–2 1–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 5–1 2–1 1–4 2–2
Schalke 04 3–2 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–3 3–1 1–1
VfB Stuttgart 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0
VfL Wolfsburg 0–0 3–3 1–1 0–3 1–3 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–1
Source: DFB
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offs[]

All times are UTC+2.

First leg[]

VfL Wolfsburg 3–1 Holstein Kiel
Report Schindler Goal 34'
Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg
Attendance: 28,800
Referee: Deniz Aytekin

Second leg[]

Holstein Kiel 0–1 VfL Wolfsburg
Report Knoche Goal 75'
Holstein-Stadion, Kiel
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Daniel Siebert

VfL Wolfsburg won 4–1 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.

Statistics[]

Top scorers[]

Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer for the third time, with 29 goals
Rank Player Club Goals[66]
1 Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 29
2 Germany Nils Petersen SC Freiburg 15
3 Germany Niclas Füllkrug Hannover 96 14
Germany Mark Uth 1899 Hoffenheim
Germany Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen
6 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang[a] Borussia Dortmund 13
Austria Michael Gregoritsch FC Augsburg
Croatia Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim
Germany Timo Werner RB Leipzig
10 Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg 12
Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou Hertha BSC
Germany Sandro Wagner[b] 1899 Hoffenheim
Bayern Munich
  1. ^ Aubameyang transferred from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal during the winter break.
  2. ^ Wagner transferred from 1899 Hoffenheim to Bayern Munich during the winter break.

Hat-tricks[]

Player Club Against Result Date
Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg 1. FC Köln 3–0 9 September 2017
Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Borussia Mönchengladbach 6–1 23 September 2017
Germany Max Kruse Werder Bremen Hannover 96 4–0 19 November 2017
Germany Nils Petersen SC Freiburg 1. FC Köln 4–3 10 December 2017
Iceland Alfreð Finnbogason FC Augsburg SC Freiburg 3–3 16 December 2017
Germany Niclas Füllkrug Hannover 96 Mainz 05 3–2 13 January 2018
Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Hamburger SV 6–0 10 March 2018
Poland Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich Borussia Dortmund 6–0 31 March 2018
Germany Kevin Volland Bayer Leverkusen Eintracht Frankfurt 4–1 14 April 2018
Croatia Andrej Kramarić 1899 Hoffenheim Hannover 96 3–1 27 April 2018

Clean sheets[]

Four goalkeepers kept 12 clean sheets, among them Sven Ulreich, who played in the fewest matches (29)
Rank Player Club Clean
sheets[67]
1 Switzerland Roman Bürki Borussia Dortmund 12
Germany Ralf Fährmann Schalke 04
Germany Sven Ulreich Bayern Munich
Germany Ron-Robert Zieler VfB Stuttgart
5 Germany Oliver Baumann 1899 Hoffenheim 10
Germany Bernd Leno Bayer Leverkusen
7 Switzerland Marwin Hitz FC Augsburg 9
Germany Alexander Schwolow SC Freiburg
9 Belgium Koen Casteels VfL Wolfsburg 8
Czech Republic Jiří Pavlenka Werder Bremen

Number of teams by state[]

Rank State Number of teams Club(s)
1  North Rhine-Westphalia 5 Borussia Dortmund, 1. FC Köln, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Schalke 04
2  Baden-Württemberg 3 SC Freiburg, 1899 Hoffenheim, and VfB Stuttgart
3  Bavaria 2 FC Augsburg and Bayern Munich
 Lower Saxony Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg
5  Berlin 1 Hertha BSC
 Bremen Werder Bremen
 Hamburg Hamburger SV
 Hesse Eintracht Frankfurt
 Rhineland-Palatinate Mainz 05
 Saxony RB Leipzig

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